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Archive for March 2009

Heavy Lifting

The Left Coast Lifter will soon be put to work on the new Bay Bridge. © 2009 Erik Simonson You may have seen it already, and if not, you won’t be able to miss it when you’re sailing near Treasure Island. More »

Panama Canal YC Bulldozed

Bulldozers made short work of destroying the Panama Canal YC at the end of February. © 2009 Webb Logg The Panama Canal Yacht Club in Colon, on the Caribbean end of the Panama Canal, is no more. More »

Puddle Jump Bond Exemptions Approved!

Cruisers always get a warm welcome – especially during the Sailing Rendezvous. But this year they get a bond exemption too. latitude/Andy
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC As reported recently, the annual migration from the west coast of the Americas to French Polynesia has begun, with a few boats now closing in on landfalls in the Marquesas. More »

Not-So-Strictly Sail Pacific News

With just under a month until the start of Strictly Sail Pacific, exhibitors received a letter yesterday explaining that the show will no longer be the only all-sailing boat show on the West Coast. More »

Pirates For Pupils Run

Monohulls, multihulls, and powerboats alike mingled to raise money for local kids’ charities in the Pirates for Pupils Run. © 2009 Jay Ailworth A record 30,000 pesos — including $500 U.S. More »
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Ship Damage by Its Own Container

In one of those odd twists of fate, last week a ship lost 31 containers in a storm off eastern Australia — and was itself damaged by one of them! The bit of poetic justice occurred aboard the Hong Kong-flagged Pacific Adventure near Moreton Island off the Queensland coast. More »

Going Back to the Old Ways

When Scott and Cindy couldn’t find a convenient place to haul, they resorted to careening their cat. Beach House
©2009 Latitude 38 Media, LLC One of the biggest problems with larger cruising cats is that there aren’t very many places that have big enough Travel-Lifts or marine ways to haul them out. More »

No Direction Home

Vitesse Too gets a tow home. latitude/JR
© Latitude 38 Media, LLC Grant Hayes and crew Bill Schwob were about halfway back to from the Lightship when they heard the dreaded ‘bang’. More »